If Republicans Think Going Into Iraq Was a Mistake, Why Are We Still There?
March 21, 2010
Reps. Dana Rohrabacher,Tom McClintock and John Duncan, all Republicans, said during a Cato Institute panel that in retrospect invading Iraq was a mistake. They said all of their colleagues in the House Republican Caucus believe invading Iraq was a mistake. Rohrabacher went so far as to say he opposed going into Iraq before the invasion.
Saturday was the seventh anniversary of the illegal invasion of Iraq that has slaughtered more than a million Iraqis. Thousands of protesters marked the anniversary by marching through the capitol and calling for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq. The protest was much smaller than previous ones in 2006 and 2007. A U.S. Park Police officer estimated about 2,500 people at the event.
Police arrested at least eight people, including Cindy Sheehan, at the end of the march after the group laid mock coffins at a fence outside the White House. As police led her off, protesters chanted: “This is what a police state look like!” See the video below.
Iraq has more or less fallen off the front page of newspapers and news websites. Only a handful of dedicated anti-war activists like Cindy Sheehan continue to protest against the occupation.
The U.S. has no intention of ever leaving Iraq. Last month, the top US commander in Iraq, General Ray Odierno, said the U.S. is preparing contingency plans to delay the withdrawal of all combat forces in Iraq. He requested more troops. Odierno’s comment was a blip on the corporate news radar screen.
“I expect that Obama actually is going to have to break his promises on Iraq and keep a fairly large force in Iraq, but of course that won’t be the first time he’s had to depart from his campaign rhetoric on this war,” Thomas E. Ricks wrote for Foreign Policy, the magazine formerly owned by the globalist operation the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Here’s what Rohrabacher, Foreign Policy, and the corporate media will not tell you — the invasion and occupation of Iraq is about extending the economic agenda of the international bankers into the Middle East. Iran is next.
“The other side of the issue, which not many people are talking about, is the economic agenda in Iraq, the privatization, the heavy privatization, that’s happened in Iraq in the last two years,” Yanar Mohammed, president of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, told Democracy Now last week. “And in the same time, we are being surprised by the Ministry of Finance telling the Iraqis that we need to have a loan from the World Bank, which will put the Iraq policies under such pressure, and it is a surprise to everybody because the revenues of oil are so high that we do not really need a loan from the World Bank.”
“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers,” Smedley Butler wrote in 1935.
Butler’s comments are as relevant today as they were in 1935.